VOLUME  10          August September October            NUMBER  4



A Quarterly Newsletter for the Descendants of the Couts Family #37


It is the goal of this newsletter to create interest in and share the research for the Couts (pronounced Koutz) and Allied Family genealogy.  It can only be written with the cooperation of each family member.   We encourage each of you to send in your family group sheets and enter data as far back as you can find.  The information that you find within its covers will be as “true” as we can prove.  We gladly accept articles, photos, genealogy lines, and family stories.



MARRIAGES NOBLE COUNTY INDIANA    Noble County Marriages - 1830-1995

Couts Alma, 1872, McCloughan Martin H, Couts Ephraim, Allison Sarah, 6-82
Couts Arthur R, 5 Mar 1893, Frick Clara E, Couts Joshua, Devenbaugh Emma, 26 May 1923
Couts Benjamin, 15 Feb 1814, Winebrenner Mary, Couts Christopher, Niece Mary, 8 May 1885
Couts Carl L, 5 Dec 1906, Hire Mary J, Couts Clark A, Green Mona, 17 Jun 1929
Couts Cash A, 1882, Green Mona, Couts Ephraim, Allison Sarah, 19 May 1901
Couts Charley, 7 Jan 1879, Huff Nellie N, Couts Joshua, Devenbaugh Emma, 16 Mar 1912
Couts Daniel, ca 1858, Yant Mary, Couts Joseph, Bolinger Hannah, 3 Nov 1877
Couts David, --, Funk Lydia (Mrs), --, --, 7 Sep 1867
Couts Earl, 25 Feb 1896, Ramer Lena B, Couts Joshua, Devenbaugh Emma, 9 Feb 1918
Couts Earl, 25 Feb 1896, Hart Viola J, Couts Joshua, Devenbaugh Emma, 15 Jun 1974
Couts Earl C, 20 Dec 1935, Ferraro Angeline R, Couts Earl L, Hire Mary J, 11 Dec 1959
Couts Ellen, ca 1855, Reed Joseph M, Couts Benjamin, -- Margaret, 3-263
Couts Ephraim, ca 1839, Allison Sarah, Couts Benjamin, -- Margaret, 20 Apr 1862
Couts Frank, 11 Nov 1877, Arehart Edith, Couts Joshua, Devenbaugh Emma, 24 Nov 1901
Couts Fred, 6 Feb 1874, Sturgis Minnie, Couts Joshua, Devenbaugh Emma, 30 Aug 1896
Couts Geraldine A [Bell], 18 Jan 1921, Crouch John P, Couts James, Tucker Osie, 40-232
Couts Iva E, 11 Nov 1876, Clarke Charles W, Couts Joshua, Devenbaugh Emma, 8-159
Couts Iva E [Clarke], 11 Nov 1876, Waldron Lewis C, Couts Joshua, Devenbaugh Emma, 18-37
Couts Jacob, 1846, Bloomfield Viola, Couts Joseph, Bolinger Hannah, 26 Dec 1869
Couts Jacob, 1846, Bloomfield Anna, Couts Joseph, Bolinger Hannah, 8 Apr 1874
Couts Jane, ca 1847, Winebrenner James, Couts Benjamin, -- Margaret, 1-653
Couts Jesse C, 1874, Lint Anna, Couts Ephraim, Allison Sarah, 8 Sep 1900
Couts Joshua, 15 Oct 1849, Devenbaugh Emma, Couts Joseph, Bolinger Hannah, 23 Mar 1873
Couts Minnie, ca 1863, Holy Dinsmore, Couts Ephraim, Allison Sarah, 4-291
Couts Ora H, 4 Jun 1905, Riley Mildred, Couts Fred, Sturgis Minnie, 6 Feb 1927
Couts Otie, 1875, Rensberger Henry A, Couts Jacob, Bloomfield Anna, 6-475
Couts Sadie, 20 Mar 1880, Ramer Edward A, Couts Joshua, Devenbaugh Emma, 8-126
Couts Susan V, ca 1841, Bonar George M, Couts Benjamin, -- Margaret, 1-379
Couts Thelma, 2 May 1911, Fry Burton, Couts James, Tucker Osie, 27-27
Couts Utoka, 1875, Umbenhower John C, Couts Ephraim, Allison Sarah, 7-134
Couts Vesta, 1881, Muesing Fred C, Couts Jacob, Bloomfield Anna, 7-435


OHIO COUTS   Ohio    28 March 1923  COUTS, CORA MAE (NEIGHBOR)- b. 21 April 1885 d. 23 March 1923; Husband- Ernest Couts; Parents- Mr. & Mrs. Milton Neighbor; Children- Charles (age17), Lillie (15), George (11), Paul (6) & Beatrice (4); Siblings- Mrs. Edna Mackey (Lakeland, Florida) & Mrs. Loretta Huffman (Newcomerstown).

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Subject: thank you From: "Enemy 197" <> Thank you so much for the information I can't wait to get in touch with my grandmother and see if there is things about the family that she might not  have known.   I appreciate this, and I'll try to keep in touch. Thank you;  Derik

Subject: hello again From: "Enemy 197" <>  My Sister is on her way  

back to Texas with a print out of the information  you had sent.  My Grandmother is going to look it over her  

probably knows the names of the people missing.  I'll stay in touch.  Derik

Subject: Couts questions  From: Rob Kennedy Hello, I am sure this is a stretch.  But might you be related to a couple of sisters who live in the South Seattle area or Renton, Kent, Des Moines, Sea-Tac areas of Washington State.  I used to have a couple of friends here named Amanda and Adele Couts, the were sister.  I lost touch with them somewhere along the way and just wanted to know that they were okay. Like I said probably a stretch but thought I would ask.  You can contact me by replying to this e-mail. Thanks, Rob Kennedy

  Subject: Couts family history From: Amy Hello, my name is Amy Couts. I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio    

   and I am trying to find information about my Couts history, but I don't have a clue about this stuff. My father, James

   R Couts has lived in Ohio his whole life and his father James Couts came from Newcomerstown, Ohio, but I am not

   sure exactly where he was born. If you any tips or information as to how I can get started I would greatly appreciate  

   it.   Amy Couts

   Subject: Obituary of Poston Couts : steven63


Clarksville, TN

November 17, 1877


Death of Mr. Poston Couts.

            Mr. Poston Couts, son of John Couts, Esq., of this city, died at 7:30 P.M., on the 9th inst., aged thirty-four years.

            Mr. Couts’s death is a source of grief to a large number of attached friends, whose warm esteem and affection had been conciliated by his admirable moral qualities and his genial and kindly manners.  He was eminently a pure young man, exempt in a remarkable degree from the vises and dissipations which are so rarely escaped in early youth.  During the last year of the war, while still a member of the Confederate Army, he joined the Methodist Church under the ministrations of the Rev. Wm. Burr; of this communion he has ever since been a consistent and exemplary member.

            He had long been a sufferer from the malady which ultimately caused his death, but bore his cross with such uncomplaining patience that few were aware of his existence.

            His funeral, on Sunday, was attended by a very large crowd of devoted friends, and the services were conducted with great solemnity by the Rev. R. K. Brown.  Several ministers of the other denominations took part in the exercises.  The Rev. Dr. Plummer read the Scripture lesson, the Rev. A. D. Sears, Baptist, led the congregation in prayer, and the Rev. J. W. Lupton, Presbyterian, gave out the hymn.

            The sermon of Mr. Brown was solemn and appropriate.  He held up the life of the deceased as a refutation of the fallacy that every young man must pass through a period of dissipation and vice before he becomes a settled member of society; Poston Couts, he told us, sowed no wild oats and had none of their evil effects to struggle with in afterlife.  Nowhere can youth seek a better example than in the life of Poston Couts.

            The deceased was a member of the order of the Knights of Pythias, and that body attended the funeral in their full regalia and performed their impressive funeral rites at the grave, adding much to the solemnity of the funeral ceremonies.

Subject: relative From: Carol  Do you know Leonard Earl Couts?  He is my father. He has a brother Roy Couts. I would like to find out about their mother and father. My name is Carol please write me back. My Email is old curly  Thanks

Subject: Couts/Garrison From:  Barbara,Wandering though your website and found a very distant cousin -- I think.  Is Lowell E. Garrison the son of Thomas Newton Garrison and Nellie Douglas?   Nellie would be a 2nd cousin -- 3 times removed. Regards From Sunny Northern California  Bill Huckaby

Subject: Caldwell From: "Becky Bannon" <> Your website is very good ... thank you for sharing your genealogy information. My GGG grandparents were John Lewis and Nancy Mann Curry.  I believe Nancy Mann's grandfather was Beverly Mann who married Mary Alice Caldwell.  Do you have any more information on Mary Alice? Thank you,  Becky Bannon

Subject: re: Cave Johnson From: Kid4ever47  Since it's still a work-in-progress, probably best to wait till about Jan.  Then I could send a file reflecting what will be in the book,  for your use.  I'll try to remember but you might want to remind me  about then.  In the meantime, you could extract a note from what I  sent.  I'll reply to specific inquiries.

Subject: [KAUTZ] Kautz from Baden to Webster, W.Va. by a way of Philly From: <> To: <> This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Message Board URL:  I am seeking information on Fred Kautz.  Census records say he emigrated from Baden Germany  in 1880.  The 2010 Census has him married to Rebecca (2nd wife).  He had six children, one of whom was Edward.  Edward is my husband's grandfather.  He died in Pendleton County, KY at the age of 43 of TB.

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Subject: Re: Collins From: Paul R Dafft  Larry:  Do you know which brother he descends from???   Paul  Larry Harris <> writes: Hey Cuzzes, just thought that I am send you picture of our cuzz, Don Collins from Florida.  I think that I can see a little resemblance, how about you?  His great-great-great-grandfather was Williams Collins brother.  Evidently, he is quite successful.  His webpage is , and his email address is  Take care, Larry             Paul R. DAFFT (PDafft@Juno.Com) Carrollton (Dallas Co.),Texas, 75006-3856


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Subject: William Starkes From: John Staples

Found you on the Internet.  Here is some info I have and would love to hear back from you with your Coats family connection. William Starkes. born, 20 May 1753, in Fairfax Co., VA. died, 4 Mar 1826, in Robertson Co., Tenn.  Burial, Mar 1826 in Stark Cem., Robertson Co. Tenn.  In 1788, Thomas Stark sold his land grant to Robert Anderson and John Turner.  In 1791, William Coats conveyed to John Turner, Sr., 200 acres on the south side of the Enoree River.  This deed was signed by Barton Coats and Nottley Coats.  The Coats family came from Camden County, SC.  William Coats whose will was proved in 1783 in Camden Co., SC. had among his children, sons Barton Coats, William Coats and daughter Ann Starkes.   He married Ann Coats, ca 1773.  Children:

        1. Jeremiah Starkes. b. ca 1777, in SC  He married Sally Williams.

        2. Thomas Starkes, b ca 1780.  He married Susan Baker.

        3. John Starkes. b ca 1788, in Tenn.  He married Kejiah Cannon.

 All I have on them. Hope it helps, John P. Staples Wichita, Kansas

Subject: re: Cave Johnson From: Kid4ever47

Can you tell me how you are related to Col. Cave Johnson of Boone C. Ky b. 15 Nov 1760? And if you are related to this Cave Johnson, where do the Couts come in? Thanks for your time. Charlotte Butler


Subject: ancestry From: sylviawoelfel  June 21, 2005  I have recently become interested in my family history and I noticed some similarities in your family ancestry and mine.  According to census records of the Dailey family I have found that a Mary Evans Lamar married David Dailey on Dec 3, 1829 in Henry County, Georgia.  Mary Evans Lamar was the daughter of John Lamar and Mary Louisa (Emily) Winn.  One of their children was Dr. John Lamar Dailey and one of his sons was Dr. James Lawson Dailey and one of his sons was Forest Edwards Dailey, my father. I am Sylvia Jean Dailey Woelfel and I live in Kingsville, Texas. The similarities are great. I noticed that on your family tree you list Mary Lamar as marrying a Dr. Bailey.  Please reply if you think this could be the same. Sincerely, Sylvia Woelfel (home) Or (business)

Subject: Re: [WR] Re: Wright Family (Copple line)From:  Barb[Different Barb], I just found out from my sister that our cousin, Char SIMMONS, was m. 1st to a COPPLE whose parents were Gordan Ray COPPLE & Nellie Pearl GRAEBE.  He had three children with him, one daughter married a STITES, one married an UNDERHILL, and the third married a POTTER.  Char then married Tex SIMMONS and lives now in Speedway, IN. She might be able to offer you information on the COPPLE family, if she has it.  I'm sorry, I don't have an address or email on her.  She also was married 2nd to Donald Eugene WRIGHT, born 22 August 1926, Vincennes, Knox Co. IN.  She is our cousin, being the great granddaughter of our great Uncle Milton WALTERS. Hopefully this is of more help to you.  Emma

Subject: Caldwell From: "Becky Bannon" <>Your website is very good ... thank you for sharing your genealogy information. My GGG grandparents were John Lewis and Nancy Mann Curry.  I believe Nancy Mann's grandfather was Beverly Mann who married Mary Alice Caldwell.  Do you have any more information on Mary Alice? Thank you,  Becky Bannon

Subject: Couts From: Parts Mrs. Evans: I contacted you a year or so ago in regards to my grandmothers family. I have located her grandparents in the West Twp. cemetery south and west of Plymouth, In. As I was reading through your Newsletter 2 , a Daniel Couts was listed as a possible uncle or relative to your line, has this Daniel or a descendent named Daniel been located in the same area as the other family ,or is it possible he came north into Indiana ? My gggrandfather Daniel had a1860's birth date. Thank you for any information, you newsletters make very interesting reading.  Is the Indiana  link shut down or am I the only one not able to access, thank you again.  Don Terruso

Subject: Caldwell family From: matthew janson My name is Matthew Wright-Janson my great grandfather was Robert M. Wright his paternal grandfather was Elias B Caldwell so I am related to the Caldwell family tree I have the manuscripts from Robert M, Wright as he was mayor of dodge city I really want to get added onto the family tree I live in Portland but descended from Dodge City, my great granddad descended from Maryland before he moved to dodge city am I related to Benjamin Franklin  who was William Franklin Wilson the famous inventor could you please let me know my email is were is my people family do you know I need to know thanks truly  Matthew, Janson-Wright. sincerely yours

Subject: Johannes Kautz From: genealau Johannes Kautz   Palatines in New York City 1710  (too early) Palatines in New York City, 1710  Names and Ages of the Heads of Families  Remaining in the City of New York, 1710 URL of this site:

Subject: Emailing: Capt. Marcus J. 'Skipper' Couts From: Hi; The attachment is a photo of Captain. Marcus J. 'Skipper' Couts who commanded the 1st Separate Radio Intelligence Platoon during W W 2. Another picture of him with the men in his charge can be found on the Web site:  America's Greatest Generation Living Their Finest Hour: World War II--1941-1945. It is easily accessed by typing Keith W. Johnson into Google.  The photo will come in view in the first few pages. Although this Web site has been mastered from material I furnished, Captain Couts was the Officer in charge directing our operations. Although most of this web site concerns my experiences and memories, there is some description of the units mission included in the introduction. I may be able to find other info from other surviving members of this unit. Sincerely,     Keith W. Johnson

Subject: Marcus From:  Hi; Would Captain Marcus J. Couts be a member of this family tree? Please advise. Thank you

Subject: Re: Marcus From: Please do. I searched briefly for a bulletin board yesterday with no results Keith

Subject: Captain Couts  From: I received this scant info today from a member of our R. I. Platoon. Sgt. Hedin was our Top Sergeant who died a number of years ago. "My last correspondence with Sgt.

 Hedin was several years ago.  John told me that Couts became a Ham radio bug and lived in a trailer at the tail end of his life.  I think John said he died operating his rig.  I have not heard from John since then"    This may be a dead end unless USMC

records could be found. Keith

Subject: Re: Marcus From: Negative. I searched my records including rosters of the R. I. Platoons and although he is pictured in the Stateside group photo, the only other reference to him is the following: "an article written by Lt. Col. James McIntire credits Lt. Col. Stephen Lesko and two other enlisted men, Joseph A. Petrosky and Marcus J. Couts with starting the Radio Intelligence Platoons. I have inquiries out and will inform you if I find more info. KW Johnson

Subject: Captain Couts From:  I received this scant info today from a member of our R. I. Platoon. Sgt. Hedin was our Top Sergeant who died a number of years ago. "My last correspondence with Sgt. Hedin was several years ago.  John told me that Couts became a Ham radio bug and lived in a trailer at the tail end of his life.  I think John said he died operating his rig.  I have not heard from John since then"   This may be a dead end unless USMC records could be found Keith

Subject: Re: error From:

Mary Katherine Houghton, my mother, was married to Owen Christensen, NOT to his father, Egner Christensen.  As to which branch?...I suspect this is in relationship to the Kautz family of Caldwell County, Missouri.  I cannot imagine how anyone would have made that error, and do not appreciate wrong information being passed around and accepted.  Barbara

Subject: Vaughn/Couts line From: "Roylene Bailey" <>Hello,  I am interested in the George Vaughn b. 1806, parents Joel Vaughn and Mary Couts, and if he ties
into my Vaughn line.  Have you had other inquiries  about this line?  Could you suggest resources/info that would help me with this line?  Roylene Bailey (CA native, VA transplant from Utah!)
Subject: Re: Vaughn/Couts line From: "Roylene Bailey" <>Barbara, Thank you so are awesome!  I feel like a just received a present!  Maybe I will be able to add to this line with my further searching and be able to share with others.  Was this Coats family a different branch from the "Couts" of your research? Is it possible that William Couts and Emeline Epps were not Mary's parents?  I also need a push in the right direction on the Epps family.  I will share anything I discover and let me know if I can be of any help to you and your research.  (I would be considered a "newbie" in the world of genealogy, but I'm learning very quickly and excited to learn all I can about the whole process.)  Thanks again-Roylene Bailey
Barbara Evans <> wrote: Actually, you're the first to inquire about this line. I can't find any  proof that Mary Couts was really Mary Couts and not Mary Coats (large family in the area.) I will however add your query to the next newsletter and maybe  it will be picked up by another searcher. Good luck, Barb
To: From:  A COUTS Connection I am trying to gather information on some distant relatives (Date of Death, where he died, where he is buried, interesting stories, etc.).  The relatives are Nicholas Houston Choate (DOB 1831) (DOD ? - Texas - McLennan County - Waco) and John Bird and Nancy Couts.   Nicholas or Nichalas was the son of Powhattan (12/1807) and Winney Halley Choate (DOB 2/1806).  Nicholas married Nancy Paralee Bird (DOB 1837) daughter of John and Nancy Couts Bird.  I know that Nicholas and Nancy lived in Dade County, until he had trouble with the law and he skipped out for Texas.  I have copies of legal papers regarding some of his problems in Missouri (Court Papers). Nancy Bird is buried in Dade County, Missouri (Kingspoint).  I am a descendant of (1) John H. Simpson (DOB 1/1852) and Almeda Choate (DOB 7/1855) (Dade County, Missouri) who was the daughter of Nancy and Nicholas Choate, (2) Francis Elizabeth Simpson Cantrell (DOB11/1874) daughter of John and Almeda Simpson and William Elonzo Cantrell (DOB 1869), (Dade County, Missouri) married in Manitau Springs, Colorado (3) Leroy Roscoe Cantrell, son of Francis and William E. Cantrell (7/1896) and Margaret Elizabeth Molnar Cantrell.  My father is Leroy Cantrel and my name is James Cantrell, and I live in North Texas.  Any information will be appreciated.   Let me know.

Subject: relative From: Carol  Do you know Leonard Earl Couts?  He is my father. He has a brother Roy Couts. I would like to find out about their mother and father. My name is Carol please write me back. My Email is old 

From: Barbara Evans To: emma Subject: Re: [WR] Re: Wright Family My husband's Evanses were three brother who came into SC from Wales about 1790. One brother immediately returned to Wales. The other two ventured to NC. Life was farming. The younger son of the oldest brother went on to Illinois and bought land etc and brought brothers family out later after the Civil War.  In a heated argument 2x great-grandfather hacked off a guys head and threw it into the river and the family sneaked off during the night to Texas where they lived until the 1890's and then, ended up in Oklahoma. Busy group. Thanks for the info....Barb

From: emma To: Barbara Evans  Subject: Re: [WR] Re: Wright Family I don't have that information Barb.  This is not actually for my family.  I just happened to be organizing data for someone else and discovered that what I had at the time fit in with what was being requested.  Thought I would share and help if possible.  I did find this:

James Wright (son of John and Margaret Wright) was born 1796 in Tennessee.  He removed with his parents to Clinton County, Ohio, in 1805.  He married Abigail STARBUCK by Friends ceremony in Centre Meeting in 1817, and settled west of Winchester [IN] the following year.  He is supposedly buried in Randolph County, [IN]. Has a brother Jacob. Where do your Evans' hail from? [Wales, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois, Texas]  I have Evans on my mother’s side.  Haven't been working on them, but will be in the future.  I'm from Indiana, and I know that some of them came through Ohio, but don't know from where before that.  My sister is actually working on that part of the family tree: Pickering/Evans/Gauntt/Sands.

Subject: Another Article  From: Betty COUTS Thank you again for another wonderful work.  Yes, I love pictures.  Email the text and I'll add it  to the next newsletter and web page.  You reminded me that I hadn't finished the Indiana page. I'm going back to it before school gets started in full swing.  I wish that I could get the other branches to try what you've accomplished. Thanks, Barb

Subject: Couch/Couts/Kentz Family From: Sue Hudson My name is Sue Owens Hudson.  For several years I have been trying to locate the parents of my GGGGrandfather Green B. Couch (as it is spelled in Lawrence Co., AL.)  I do realize there are several different spelling to a surname depending on how the census taker was feeling that day or something. 

Green was born c. 1812 in TN. He first married Elizabeth Livingston and second married Rebecca McCluskey both of Lawrence Co., AL.  His daug. Martha A. Couch first married Harrison Cooper in c. 1861 in Lawrence Co., AL. Harrison died in the Civil War.  Martha second married John E. Owens in c. 1865 in Lawrence Co., AL.  Martha and John E. Owens are the parents of my GGrandfather Rueben Greenberry Owens.  All of these folks lived in Lawrence Co., AL.

I would love to share info with anyone that could help me.  Some folks believe that he is a son of Casper Kentz. And I have found that he had two unknown given name sons, just have not been able to find them.

My email address is Thank you Sue Owens Hudson   




Gerald Couts  Grandfather of Pam Couts Drake – Pam shared her grandfather with us one Christmas time about ten years ago, when he needed  support and encouragement through an illness. He was a joy to visit with and share.

Obituary:  Visitation , Wednesday February 16, 2005, 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, Robertson County Funeral Home, Springfield Tennessee.  Sevices: February 17, 2005 at 2:00 P.M.

Survived by Wife: Dorothy Couts, Son: Terry Wayne Couts, Brothers: Cliff, Dixie, and Wendell Couts; Grandchildren: Pam Couts Drake, Carrie Couts Ledsinger, Cassy Shively and 8 Great Grandchildren. Mr. Couts died Tuesday at the age of 79. He owned and operated Couts Service Station and Sweeping Service for many years.  He was WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. Burial in the Memorial Gardens 





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I’m glad to see that so many people took the time to post so much of our family history. I never knew our family line could be traced so far back. Thank you for your time and effort. [Sure thing Josh, Auntie Barb]


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Love your newsletter! My connection is through Anna Elizabeth Hedderich's first husband Johannes Ermentraudt (my 5th great-granduncle).  Thank you.



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Mason County, Texas 1860 census lists Monrow and Martha Couts as residents. You may know this but if not maybe it will be a missing link.

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Researching Family-Mary E Johnson, Cave Johnson’s daughter married Joseph P Bumstead, my third great uncle, son of Mourad Whitfield Bumstead and Jane Cravey in Texas.



The 7th Generation of Coutses in the U. S.

By  Janice L. Couts and Wilford H. Couts, Jr, first cousins of  Downey Lawrence Couts.

This continues a sequence of the  Couts family tree that immigrated to the U.S. and eventually settled in Western Tennessee.  This branch moved to Bowling Green KY about the time of the Revolutionary War and then up into Southern IN during the War of 1812.  Some descendants still reside there.

            In  reference (1), we described the life of James Monroe Couts and Mary Elizabeth (Connor) Couts.  They were married on 31Jan1886.  They eventually had nine children, all of whom lived to adulthood.  Their oldest child was a son, James Aaron Couts, born 27May1887.

            James Aaron grew up and attended school, we think, at school #7 about a mile and a half north and a little east of Spurgeon.  It was about a mile and a half south of the family home (later called Enosville).  He completed grade school but no further.  He married Flora Bessie Beatty on 11May1907 at Oakland City, IN.

            James Aaron and Bessie Couts had seven children, five of whom lived to adulthood.  They were:

                        Bessie Ruth Couts                     born                  19Nov1908

                        James Russell Couts                    “                     5Dec1911

                        Downey Lawrence Couts             “                    18Jan1914

                        Sylvia Nell Couts                          “                    2Mar1916        died 21Mar1918

                        Roy Charles Couts                       “                     8Mar1920           “   25Aug1920

                        Mary Alice Couts                         “                    19Oct1921

                        Aaron Lee Couts                          “                    5May1927.

            The subject of this article is the third child.  He never liked the name Downey and always used Lawrence and we shall use his friend’s name Larry.

            At Larry’s birth, the family lived in Simtown just north about 1 ½  miles of the James M. Couts homestead.  We think he was working for an oil company out of Winslow, IN, maintaining the pumps, etc.  He told his children about using a boat to get to the pump platforms when the river bottoms flooded in the spring.  James A. later became a driller at a strip mine for coal but we aren’t sure when the transition occurred.

            By the time Larry was six, a new two room school had been built at Simtown and the older school #7 had been closed.  Reference (2) includes a description of the Simtown school.  So Larry went to Simtown but only for 3 or 4 school years (probably 1920 – 1923-24(?).  Friction between father and son is believed to be the reason Larry quit school and went to work for a local farmer Lilburn Worth (Wirth?) for about 2-3 years.  During one of his infrequent visits in later years to Oakland City, Larry took his own children to visit Mr. Worth and they seemed to have a  high regard for each other.

            About 1927, Larry left the farm and went to Chicago to seek a job as a truck driver.  He was only 13 or 14 at the most. Some stranger asked if he could drive a big truck.  He had never driven anything bigger than a pick-up but he said that he could.  The job was to drive to Kentucky and pick up moonshine at 2-3 stills.  He would return to Chicago and park at a certain restaurant.  While he was eating, the truck would be gone and then would return and his pay ($200 in cash) would be in an envelope.  Much of the driving was on dirt roads.  On his first trip he had to drive in low gear all the way to the Chicago suburbs where he could pull off and figure out how the gearshift worked.  He repeated several trips but finally decided it was too risky and quit.  He never knew who he was working for but it was probably the Capone mob.

            But he had learned to drive a large truck.  His next job for several years was driving semi’s for Interstate Trucking all over the Midwest.

            He was quite athletic all his life.  He competed in Golden Gloves in Chicago and was champion in his weight class for two years.

            Larry moved to Denver about 1936-37.   The motive is not known.  His oldest sister Ruth had married Aubrey Yarber in 1927 and they were living in Denver for a while ( later moved to Salt Lake City).  He lived with the Yarber’s while he looked for work.

            On 5Nov1938, a huge change occurred in Larry’s life.  He married Miriam Virginia Anderson .  Her preference was to be called Marion.  Her parents had emigrated from Sweden and she was born in Leadville, CO.  They were married in the Yarber home. 

            Larry had a job driving a truck delivering coal to private homes which he continued for about four years after they were married.  Their own auto was a 1926 Essex.  Their first child was born during this interval prior to World War II.  Over the next few years they had three children.  These were:

                        Paul Lawrence Couts                born 12Apr1940

                        Dennis Michael Couts                   “    24Apr1946

                        Judith Lee Couts                          “    24 Oct1948.

            In 1942, Larry took a job with Remington Arms.  This was located in what is now the Federal Center.  The Couts’ family lived nearby on Kendall St. in Edgewater.  Paul can remember watching testing of machine guns firing tracers at night.  But Remington consolidated facilities back East and Larry had three alternatives.  These were (1) to move to Connecticut, (2) get drafted, or (3) take a civil service job at the Naval Supply Depot in Clearfield, UT.

            Larry moved to UT and left the family with Marion’s sister in north Denver.  After approximately eight months, Larry found a home in Roy UT (just SW of Ogden) and the family lived there for the rest of WW II.  Larry was foreman of a large crew on a loading dock.  An engine was necessary to switch the box cars and frequently was unavailable.  A huge truck had been left in the area but no one knew how to drive it.  Larry climbed in, figured out the controls, and did all the railroad switching thereafter.

            All defense work stopped in August l945 and the family returned to Denver.  They lived at 29th & Speer in a two room apartment with icebox and shared bath.  Larry obtained a job with Pepsi-Cola mixing syrup and paying 60-70 cents per hour.

            Sometime in 1946, they moved to Marshall St. in Arvada very near Clear Creek.  At this time the area was predominantly Italian-descent market gardeners.  Larry and a fellow employee of Pepsi started a side business building cabinets for kitchens.  The business prospered and Larry considered quitting Pepsi but the wife of the partner took all of the money and left and the side-line collapsed.

            In 1947, Larry took a job with the Denver Water Board for whom he would work until age 65.  The job was at the Waterton Canyon filtration plant about 15 miles southwest of downtown Denver where the South Platte River emerged from the Front Range.  The job paid $1 per hour and a house was furnished at $8 per month and the occupant bought their own coal and telephone.  It was a three bedroom frame house with a big garden .

            Waterton Canyon area now is filling with houses but then was isolated.  The Water Board had an elementary school (1-8) and high schoolers were bussed to Bear Creek School at Hamlin & Kipling.  Paul’s grade school graduation class had 8 boys and 1 girl.

            Larry started as a Laborer.  He later was Blacksmith and then Carpenter and eventually Head of Maintenance.  But he found that his lack of education closed the door to any further advancement.

            The filter plant worked as follows.  A perforated tile was on the bottom, coarse rock on top, then charcoal, and finally a 15-18 inch layer of sand on top.  When a bed clogged with sediment, the laborers used wheelbarrows and shovels to clear off the top layer of sand.  Then they replaced it with washed sand.  It was an endless cycle.  Black-smithing must have been far more interesting.  The Water Board forbade pets but the children remember a six foot long bullsnake that lived in the blacksmith shop and was their only pet.   The blacksmith shop and several other buildings still exist and the Water Board may create a museum.

            As mentioned, Larry was very athletic and he could turn cartwheels and walk both upstairs and downstairs on his hands up until close to 60 years of age.   He hunted and fished.  He was a self-taught fly fisherman.  The Water Boad forbade employee fishing and the penalty was 30 days without pay.  But Larry occasionally fished anyway.  He once caught a 42 inch long brown trout but couldn’t brag outside the family.  

            Vacation was always the first two weeks in July and they always went to Fraser CO.  His brother-in-law was a builder and Larry would help until 2 pm every day and then go fishing until dark.  Fraser is still a renowned fly-fishing area.

            Larry and Marion had a 1936 Chevy when they moved to Waterton Canyon.  They bought a 1940 Chevy and in the 50’s switched to Plymouths for the rest of his life.

            Larry retired at age 65 in 1979.  As retirement approached, they bought a home in Englewood and moved there in 1968.  Sadly, he was ill essentially all eleven months of his retirement.  He was always a heavy smoker and the chlorine exposure at the treatment plant might also have been a problem.  He died of cancer on 22Aug 1980 and is buried at Chapel Hill Cemetery near Arapahoe Rd. and University Blvd.

            Marion continued living at 200 W. Stanford Ave in Englewood until her death on 24Dec2001 at age eighty-five.  Uncommon in our times, all of their descendants still reside in Colorado.

            In summary, Larry could do anything.  He was very independent and very athletic.  He had the ability to succeed in every opportunity that was open to him.  World War II created great disruption in this family as it did throughout the world but no extreme loss.  Having survived the Great Depression, he sought security for his family and achieved his goal.  He insisted that his children must finish high school and they did.  Colorado was ideal for him because he loved the outdoors.  He must have been happy with his choices in life.


(1)        James Monroe Couts, California Couts Cousins, vol.2, no.4, May-July 1998.

(2)        George Henry Couts, the 6th Generation, California Couts Cousins, vol. 9, no. 1, Nov 03-Jan04.


            Larry and Marion’s oldest son, Paul, who still resides in Englewood, CO, was the source of most of the information contained in this story.  The authors however bear responsibility for converting the oral history to print.


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